After 12 hours of work in the VA heat and humidity I finally got the softfit finished on the nest box side and some of the drip edge in place. DH said from here on out I could finish the work as he's needing to move onto other projects. I just want the coop finished before the girls turn 4 weeks old as they are quickly out growing their homemade brooder. My question is about the inside of the coop at the rafters - we had decided to wait and see if insulation is really needed in the ceiling area of the coop and that leaves the rafters exposed for now. Should I (A) go ahead and get insulation and cover the area in plywood or (B) just cover the exposed rafter area with 1/4" hardware cloth to keep predators out - either way I plan to caulk any gaps and paint - but the carpentry isn't exactly plumb. Here is the rafter area inside the coop showing the exposed rafters and no insulation Here is the outside view of the vented softfits I installed - there are 3 vents on the back and there will be 3 on the front when I'm done. If there truly is a benefit to insulating I would go ahead and do it because I prefer to have a finished ceiling overhead and use my 1/4" hardware cloth for other purposes. But I don't want to insulate and find it causes problems and then have to rip it out and put in the cloth. What do you all think?